“… Research done for the Labour Towns group of MPs and councillors found that overall job growth in towns since the last recession has only been half the rate of growth in cities.
The economic divide between cities and towns is growing and the Tory Government is making it worse. …
Austerity has hit towns and smaller cities hard, so it isn’t just retailers who have been leaving.
Often the libraries, police stations, council offices, magistrates courts, swimming pools, community centres, A&E or the maternity services have been closed, forcing people to travel to nearby cities instead. Lottery and arts funding is higher in cities too.
Manufacturing jobs in towns are being squeezed while new service or creative opportunities are concentrated in cities.
Meanwhile most of the transport money goes to London or other major hubs. Buses have been cut.
… It’s time to support Britain’s towns. Instead of making everyone travel to cities for public services, we need more in towns.
Instead of rolling out new broadband or 5G infrastructure in cities first, why not start in nearby towns? Instead of always using all the transport money on overruns for big city projects like HS2 or Crossrail, why not start by improving local trains and buses?
The Government seems to think if you only support cities, everything will just trickle down and out to the towns, but it hasn’t worked. Let’s have a fair deal to boost our towns and cities together. … “